Changing Faces Competition

Who are we?

A collective of civil society, public and private stakeholders and urban experts with a vested interest in creating a cleaner, greener, safer and inclusive Nairobi through the transformation of its public spaces. We are registered as an association under the Societies Act of Kenya, with legal name "Society for Promotion of Clean, Green and Safe Cities. Public Space Network (PSN) is our brand name.

Vision

To improve the quality of life for all Nairobians and make Nairobi a world-class city, by creating clean, safe, healthy, inclusive, vibrant and connected public spaces.

Method

Through a Public-Private-People Partnership (4P) model, PSN brings together the multitude of stakeholders, whose involvement is key to ensure a sustainable city-wide public-space management.

PSN’s strategic framework provides for a scalable and systematic approach to community-led public space transformation. The network offers the operating framework, “Adopt a Place,” that connects all partners towards a shared goal of public space transformation. The Public Space Network provides an enabling environment for community-driven public space regeneration projects to reach scale.

Objectives.

Our overall goal is to create an enabling environment for community-led transformation and management of public spaces. This will be achieved through the following specific goals:

 

  • Promote public-private-people partnerships in managing public spaces

  • Raise awareness about the benefits of public spaces

  • Lobby for policies that prioritize public spaces and promote community engagement

  • Develop tools and resources to help key stakeholders in better public space management

  • Create jobs for youth through regeneration and management of public spaces

  • Celebrate success stories, share best practices and ignite a city-wide movement of community pacemakers

Expected Impact

  • Appealing aesthetics and ambiance in public spaces

  • Improved safety and security in public spaces

  • Better health outcomes and well-being

  • Increased job opportunities for youth

  • Vibrant outdoor social life

  • Overall enhancement of quality of life and dignity for Nairobians

AREAS OF INTERVENTION:

PUBLIC SPACE UPGRADING

Work closely with Nairobi City County Government and key authorities to advocate for policies that:

  • Reduce bureaucracies that make it difficult to implement public benefit public space interventions by communities

  • Facilitate partnerships between local authorities and communities in public space interventions

  • Streamline public space rehabilitation and maintenance into government budgeting processes

  • Prioritize pedestrian and other non-motorized movement over motorized traffic

AREAS OF INTERVENTION:

PUBLIC SPACE ADVOCACY

Work closely with Nairobi City County Government and key authorities to advocate for policies that:

  • Reduce bureaucracies that make it difficult to implement public benefit public space interventions by communities

  • Facilitate partnerships between local authorities and communities in public space interventions

  • Streamline public space rehabilitation and maintenance into government budgeting processes

  • Prioritize pedestrian and other non-motorized movement over motorized traffic

AREAS OF INTERVENTION:

SUSTAINABILITY & JOB CREATION

  • Ensure that each public space intervention has a maintenance plan

  • Place youth at the center of each maintenance plan thus creating jobs for them

  • Equipping the youth with skills required to maintain the space

  • Providing mentorship to help the youth access opportunities beyond public space management

AREAS OF INTERVENTION:

MOBILIZING COMMUNITY PLACEMAKERS ACROSS NAIROBI

  • Create awareness about the benefits of public spaces

  • Provide skills and share best practice on low-cost intervention and maintenance plans

  • Propose ideas for social activities on public spaces to make them inclusive and vibrant to create a sense of ownership

  • Celebrate and highlight the work of community placemakers making change

Source: Public Space Network

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

Deadline/closing date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018